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In-place Editing Tasks

To use the options that are available through the in-place editing menu, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the diagram containing the element.
  2. Click on the element, and on the item to manipulate within the element. The item line is highlighted in a lighter shade (the default is white), to indicate that it has been selected.
  3. Edit and manipulate the items in the element, either by pressing the appropriate keyboard keys or by right-clicking on the highlighted item and choosing a task from the Element Items context menu. The following commands are available:


Select menu option...

Or press...

Change the name, scope or stereotype of the element or element item

Edit Selected


Display the dialog containing details of the element

View Properties


Insert a new item in the element

Insert New After Selected


Locate the item in the Project Browser

Find in Project Browser


Add an attribute to the element

Add Attribute


Add an operation to the element

Add Operation


Insert a feature on the specific element item, such as Maintenance features and Testing features

Add Other


Delete the selected item from the model

Delete Selected from Model


Display the source code for the element.

View Source code


Set a breakpoint on a highlighted operation (including a breakpoint, start recording marker, end recording marker or stack auto-capture marker).

Set Breakpoint


Navigate Diagram Selection, to navigate the diagram between elements without having to use the mouse


[Ctrl]+[Shift]+[arrow key]

Toggle element highlight option on and off



Other options that are available while editing element attributes or operations in a diagram include:



Accept current changes


Accept current changes and open a new slot to add a new item


Abort the edit, without save


Display the context menu for in-place editing


Invoke the Select <Item> dialog



Most of the in-place editing menu commands have keyboard alternatives. For many of them, if the selected item happens to be off-screen when you press the appropriate keys, the diagram automatically scrolls to show the whole element, so that you can see what you are changing.